December 25, 2012

Holiday Cheer - Brunch Recipes

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You probably had a brunch in the past couple of days with family....or perhaps you'll have one this coming weekend or New Year's morning.  Here are a few recipes my family has enjoyed in the past.

Merry Christmas to all.

Breakfast Punch 


3  cups  orange juice, chilled
2  cups  pineapple juice, chilled
3  cups  pomegranate juice, chilled*
1  liter ginger ale, chilled
1  liter club soda, chilled 


In a large bowl, combine orange juice, pineapple juice and pomegranate juice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, stir in ginger ale and club soda. Serve punch over ice.
*Cranberry Juice can be substituted

Baked French Toast
  • 1 (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut diagonally in 1 inch slices
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cups brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1.  Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange the slices of bread in the bottom. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over bread slices, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
2.  The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup; heat until bubbling. Pour over bread and egg mixture.
3.  Bake in preheated oven, uncovered, for 40 minutes.

Texas Ranger Baked Eggs
From Mariposa Ranch Bed and Breakfast
Brenham, TX


7 eggs
1 cup milk
2 tsp sugar
4 oz cream cheese, cut into small pieces
1 lb small-curd cottage cheese
2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese
¼ cup green bell pepper
2/3 cup butter, melted
½ cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
Dash paprika
Dash ground mustard


The night before: In a bowl, beat eggs, milk, and sugar together. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Spray a three-quart baking dish with vegetable oil and pour mixture in. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven 350°. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Serves 12.

Cheesy Grits
1 cup grits, stone ground or instant
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs, well beaten
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon milk


Preheat oven to 350°.

Cook grits according to package directions. Stir in the shredded cheese, butter, eggs, and milk; pour into a buttered 1-quart baking dish. Bake 45 minutes, or until set.
Serves 4. 

Okay, this is not a morning brunch recipe, but it is a must for New Year's brings you luck.
Southern Black-Eyed Peas


1 1-pound pkg dried black-eyed peas
2 quarts water
1 onion, chopped
¼ green pepper, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
Ham bone, piece of salt pork or several slices of bacon
Salt and pepper to taste


Wash the peas; soak overnight or at least 5-6 hours.

Pour off soaking water; put peas into a large sauce pan with at least 2 quarts water. Add remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cook about 2 hours or until peas are tender and mash easily. Add water as needed while cooking.

Serve with fresh cooked rice and cornbread.
Anna Kathryn Lanier


Amy S. said...

Merry Christmas! The recipes sound good.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Love French Toast! I'll have to try this recipe. Merry Christmas!!

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Mary Preston said...

I've never had punch for breakfast, but I like the idea. These all sound delicious.

Ashima Gupta said...

Hey, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. These all recipes look so delicious. Can't wait to try them at home :)

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